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  • I have had questions over the years regarding how to train while dealing with the normal hormonal fluctuations (menstrual cycle) that women have to contend with. Most recently it came up again, so I thought it a good topic for the weekend.     I’m going to break this down in the most basic of…

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  • After getting a “report” from one of our clients about another studio and their level of ineffectiveness, my typical reaction is one of disgust by which then fuels a rant that many find humorous. But as I have grown softer and more reflective in my years, I have chosen a different path. Instead of pointing…

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  • I’m not sure if any topic has been written about more, at least in the last 30 years, than nutrition and dieting.   If you go back to your elementary school days it was a topic covered in great detail.  I’m sure you can remember the charts and food groups.   Yet, we struggle with…

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  • We don’t hike anymore.  Sure on occasion we amble through the trees of Central Park – but to actually plan an excursion – it is not done, at least at the frequency we should.   Why hiking?  We could go for a run or a walk and call it good so why go through the…

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  • Right now you are saying, duh Mark – we know that.  Yes, I’m sure you do but even the doctor needs reminding to eat his apple every once and a while.   I just had this epiphany (for the 1000th time in my life) about giving yourself a goal to focus and reinvigorate your training…

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  • Ok, let’s get this locked in – you must do an exercise through its full range of motion, period!   So the obvious questions are: Why? Because, if I don’t go through the full range of motion it is easier. What is the correct full range of motion for the exercises?   Now for the…

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  • A major trend we have seen in the last 25 years and with the rise of the boutique gym has been the development of three types of exercisers (if that is a word ). 1. The “better than nothing” gym goer – this individual “does his/her time”, meaning that they go to the gym and…

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  • So much has been written and studied about this way of training, yet many discussions I have with members and others demonstrates to me there is a lot of confusion surrounding the latest famous acronym for the fitness industry.   So let’s break it down:   High Intensity – the best way to define this…

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  • Step Mill: A Love Story.  By Mark Merchant – Coach, Poet, and Stair Climbing Advocate Great piece of equipment – nothing is better at improving cardiovascular, cardio respitory and local muscular endurance than climbing stairs and this piece of equipment gets all the good (going up} with out the bad (going down can be troublesome…

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  • I have had questions over the years regarding how to train while dealing with the normal hormonal fluctuations (menstrual cycle) that women have to contend with. Most recently it came up again, so I thought it a good topic for the weekend.     I’m going to break this down in the most basic of…

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  • After getting a “report” from one of our clients about another studio and their level of ineffectiveness, my typical reaction is one of disgust by which then fuels a rant that many find humorous. But as I have grown softer and more reflective in my years, I have chosen a different path. Instead of pointing…

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Blog Post
  • I’m not sure if any topic has been written about more, at least in the last 30 years, than nutrition and dieting.   If you go back to your elementary school days it was a topic covered in great detail.  I’m sure you can remember the charts and food groups.   Yet, we struggle with…

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Blog Post
  • We don’t hike anymore.  Sure on occasion we amble through the trees of Central Park – but to actually plan an excursion – it is not done, at least at the frequency we should.   Why hiking?  We could go for a run or a walk and call it good so why go through the…

As 1
As 1
Blog Post
  • Right now you are saying, duh Mark – we know that.  Yes, I’m sure you do but even the doctor needs reminding to eat his apple every once and a while.   I just had this epiphany (for the 1000th time in my life) about giving yourself a goal to focus and reinvigorate your training…

As 1
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Blog Post
  • Ok, let’s get this locked in – you must do an exercise through its full range of motion, period!   So the obvious questions are: Why? Because, if I don’t go through the full range of motion it is easier. What is the correct full range of motion for the exercises?   Now for the…

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Blog Post
  • A major trend we have seen in the last 25 years and with the rise of the boutique gym has been the development of three types of exercisers (if that is a word ). 1. The “better than nothing” gym goer – this individual “does his/her time”, meaning that they go to the gym and…

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Blog Post
  • So much has been written and studied about this way of training, yet many discussions I have with members and others demonstrates to me there is a lot of confusion surrounding the latest famous acronym for the fitness industry.   So let’s break it down:   High Intensity – the best way to define this…

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